Bushrod Rust Johnson
(1817-1880)

Major General

Headstones: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

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Bushrod Rust Johnson was born in Belmont County, Ohio, October 7, 1817. Following his graduation from West Point in the class of 1840, he saw service in the Seminole War in Florida and in the war with Mexico. He resigned from the army in 1847 to become a teacher. Successively associated with Western Military Institute at Georgetown, Kentucky, and the Military College of the University of Nashville, Johnson was active in the militia of both states, with rank of colonel. Entering Confederate service as a colonel of engineers, he was appointed brigadier general on January 24, 1862. He was captured at Fort Donelson but escaped. Later he was severely wounded at Shiloh. After his recovery he led his brigade in the Kentucky campaign of 1862, at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, and in the Knoxville campaign under Longstreet. He was then transferred to the East, where he took part in the defense of Petersburg against Butler's army. He was commissioned major general to rank from May 21, 1864. Thereafter his service was with the Army of Northern Virginia. His men bore much of the bitter fighting in the trenches during the protracted siege which followed. His division was shattered at Sayler's Creek, although he himself escaped; and he was without a command at Appomattox, where he was paroled. In 1866 General Johnson returned to Tennessee and in 1870 became chancellor of the University of Nashville. Subsequently a preparatory school with which he was connected was forced to close its doors. Broken in health, he retired to a farm near Brighton, Illinois, where he died on September 12, 1880. Originally interred in an obscure cemetery at Miles Station, near Brighton, he is now buried in City Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee.


Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.